Gateshead Council

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2021 Labour hold, from 2019

Counting complete. After 24 of 24 seats declared.

Change compared with 2019
  1. Labour

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 19
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
    • Councillors overall total 52
  2. Liberal Democrat

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 5
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
    • Councillors overall total 13
  3. Independent

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 0
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
    • Councillors overall total 1
  1. Loan to prevent delay to Tyne Tunnel toll barriers removal

    Daniel Holland

    Local Democracy Reporter

    A £7m loan has been given by North East councils to avoid delaying the removal of all toll barriers at the Tyne Tunnel.

    Later this year all cash payments and toll booths at the tunnel are being ditched in favour of an automated system, which it's hoped will avoid congestion and cut air pollution.

    The Local Democracy Reporting Service has revealed tunnel operator TT2 was planning to push back the scheme due to a huge loss of income caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, until council leaders stepped in with funding to keep the project on track.

    The £6.67m loan was signed off in a behind-closed-doors meeting last September.

    It will be paid back over the course of TT2’s contract to manage the crossing up to 2037.

    The northbound toll plaza at the Tyne Tunnel

    Gateshead Council leader Martin Gannon said it would “secure the long term future” of TT2 after toll revenue dropped substantially during the pandemic.

    From November, drivers will no longer have to stop to pay at toll plazas on the north side of the tunnel, instead driving straight through.

    Tolls will instead be paid using either pre-paid accounts, a pay later website, or through PayPoint tills at retailers, with automatic number plate recognition cameras recording vehicles’ journeys.

  2. Two decades of Gateshead Millennium Bridge

    It's 20 years since Gateshead Millennium Bridge opened to the public.

    The bridge was designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects and Gifford & Partners following a competition launched by Gateshead Council in 1996.

    Gateshead Millennium Bridge

    Gateshead Council Councillor cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, Angela Douglas, said: "Gateshead Millennium Bridge has quickly become an internationally recognised landmark which attracts huge numbers of visitors as the world's first, and only, tilting bridge."

    Gateshead Millennium bridge tilts to open

    To celebrate the milestone the bridge will tilt at 19:00 BST.

  3. Plan to cut number of lanes on Tyne Bridge scrapped

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Daniel Holland

    Transport bosses have ditched proposals to half the number of general traffic lanes on the Tyne Bridge from four to two.

    The idea was put forward in 2019 as a means of cutting the number of cars driving through the city centre and reducing dangerous emissions levels.

    It was introduced alongside the creation of a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) which could see some high-polluting vehicles charged tolls of up to £50 per day.

    But Newcastle and Gateshead council officials now say the Tyne Bridge measures will not go ahead, claiming new analysis shows the redesign is “not required” to bring air pollution back within legal limits.

    Tyne Bridge

    The launch of the CAZ has also been pushed back to July 2022, having originally been earmarked to begin last January and delayed as a result of Covid-19 and a High Court battle.

    Buses, coaches and lorries that do not meet environmental standards will have to pay £50 a day to enter the Newcastle city centre CAZ, while high-polluting taxis and vans will face fees of £12.50.

    Private car owners will be exempt from all tolls, which are being introduced in response to a legal order from the government – with poor air quality linked to more than 300 deaths on Tyneside each year.

    The plans are due to be debated by both council’s cabinets next week, before finalised plans come back for approval in the autumn.

  4. Public health boss urges people to get a second vaccine

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Herbert Soden

    Gateshead's director of public health has urged people to have both Covid vaccine doses "as soon as they can" as lockdown rules are due to be relaxed from Monday.

    Alice Wiseman (below) warned the number of cases were rising across the region, with un-vaccinated people or those only on their first dose becoming the most ill.

    Alice Wiseman receiving her second Covid jab

    She said: “We’re seeing an increase in hospital admissions too. The majority of those who are becoming seriously ill are either un-vaccinated or have not yet had their second dose, so it’s really clear that we need as many people as possible to have both doses as soon as they can.

    "Rather than thinking about ‘what you can do’, or stop doing, please think about ‘what you should do’ to prevent this virus spreading any more,” she said.

    From Monday most Covid restrictions will be lifted, including no limits on how many people can meet, face coverings will no longer be required by law and there will be no limits on people attending concerts, theatres and sport events. Nightclubs will also reopen.

  5. Public urged to do two tests a week as virus 'still a threat'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Herbert Soden

    Gateshead’s director of public health has urged everyone to get Covid tests, warning the virus is “still a threat”.

    It comes after the first cases of the Indian variant of Covid-19 have been found in the North East, although numbers here remain the lowest of anywhere in England.

    The Covid-19 strain of coronavirus

    It has so far been detected 19 times across the region – and the number covers all of Newcastle, Northumberland, Gateshead, North and South Tyneside, Sunderland, County Durham, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton, Hartlepool, and Darlington.

    Alice Wiseman, Gateshead Council’s director of public health (pictured below), said the latest variant shows the virus is still a problem.

    She said: “Thankfully the number of cases across our region remains low, which makes it easier to trace those who have been in close contact with individuals who have tested positive, and take steps to prevent further spread.

    “Although the numbers are small, this is a timely reminder that the virus is still a threat.”

    Gateshead public health director Alice Wiseman

    With people now able to socialise indoors, Ms Wiseman said that the public should take lateral flow tests twice a week.

    She said: “We must continue to protect each other. I’d encourage everyone to use lateral flow testing kits twice a week, but you should also arrange a PCR test straight away if you develop symptoms – even if the symptoms are mild or if your lateral flow test result is negative."

    Free testing kits can be collected locally - check your nearest place online by using NHS England’s site finder.

  6. North East elections 2021: What's happened so far

    If you're just joining us, good morning and here is a round-up of what has happened so far:

    • The Conservatives won the Hartlepool by-election with Jill Mortimer (pictured below) named as the town's new MP
    • Labour had held the seat since the current constituency was created in 1974
    • Ms Mortimer won with 15,529 votes, while Labour's Mr Williams received 8,589
    • The Conservatives also took control of Northumberland County Council with a majority of one seat
    • Labour kept control of Newcastle, Sunderland, Gateshead and South Tyneside Councils but with some losses
    • Results still to come are the Northumbria and Cleveland police and crime commissioners (PCC), Tees Valley Mayor and North Tyneside Council later today.
    • Durham County Council, Hartlepool Council Durham PCC and North Tyneside mayor are expected on Saturday and Cumbria PCC on Monday
    Jill Mortimer after winning in Hartlepool
  7. Labour retains control of Gateshead

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Herbert Soden

    There's been no change at Gateshead Council.

    Labour, as the borough's ruling party managed to retain all its seats with healthy majorities.

    This year there were 24 seats up for grabs one for each of the borough’s 22 wards and then an extra for both Lamesley and Birtley – these extra seats were both taken by Labour.

    The Lib Dems took five seats, gaining one from an Independent.

    Before the results were declared council leader Martin Gannon said voters would judge his councillors on their local performance.

    He added: “Whatever people may think of national politics there is a respect and confidence in the way Gateshead Council is run.

    “Without being complacent we will continue to work with and engage with communities.

    “Generally [voters] respect the way we run the council and that puts us in a secure place.”